We haven’t heard a whole lot of news updates coming out of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire shoot going on in Atlanta — the few pictures we’ve seen do look appropriately awesome, though — but it must be going well. Well enough that Lionsgate has opted not to go the Twilight/Harry Potter route of having a different director for almost each installment. Deadline reports today that Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence will be directing the adaptation of Mockingjay, the third book in Suzanne Collins‘ dystopian trilogy. As had been previously announced, that third book will be divided into two movies, slated for release in November 2014 and 2015. That’s quite the vote of confidence, and it’s making us all the more excited for a peek at Catching Fire.
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After completing her high-fashion transformation into the heart-shaped face of Dior, Jennifer Lawrence decided to mix it up a little by losing the couture and going as a regular person for Halloween. Or she just wore her glasses and let her air dry. Either way, Jennifer stopped by the Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta yesterday looking less like a spokesmodel and more like a senior during finals week, if that senior happened to be drop-dead gorgeous and the finals happened to be in Escaping A Terrifying Goblin 101, The History of Mutant Pumpkins and Introduction To Weird Bloody Scarves.
Bradley Cooper wants a role in the Hunger Games trilogy, Bradley Cooper gets a role in the Hunger Games trilogy. That’s how we feel about it anyway. “I have now seen Hunger Games. That is a brutal movie. Are you kidding me?…Oh, my God!” the Silver Linings Playbook actor gushed at the Hollywood Awards last night, raving about his “bad ass” costar Jennifer Lawrence‘s fine work as Katniss. Joked Cooper, “You know, I’ve put myself on tape for four of the roles. I haven’t heard back yet.” Oh, you might be joking Bradley, but HG casting is no joke to us. Whether you actually submit for a role or Jennifer just tells Francis Lawrence or whatever director they’re using for the final film to hire you, we demand to see you in Mockingjay Part 1 and/or Part 2 immediately. Or in 2014, which ever comes first. Catching Fire is already shooting, but as far as we know, there are a few roles in the last two movies that are yet uncast:
The two looks you see Jennifer Lawrence wearing above are both by Dior. The one on the left was in Paris, where she was headed to a Dior fashion show, and the one on the right was earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival, where she also debuted darker (Katniss-ready?) hair. We think J.Law and the fashion house are a match made in heaven because she looks divine in their clothes. That’s obviously been something that has been marinating in the heads of the big decision makers at Dior as well, because the actress has just been unveiled as the face of the house. More specifically of the Miss Dior bag. Like we said, this obviously has been in the works for a while, because look at the bag she’s carrying in the photograph on the left — it’s a Miss Dior bag!
Raf Simons, who is the creative director of Women’s Fashion at Dior is effusive in his praise of her, saying, “Like everyone else, I first discovered Jennifer Lawrence in the roles she played in action movies. I was, of course, struck by her incredible onscreen presence in these blockbuster films, but also impressed by her powerful interpretations of subtler, more rounded characters. Her youth and her classic beauty, but also her force of character and the complexity she’s capable of embodying at such a young age are, for me, both unique and very moving.” It’s true — she’s only 22, so she pretty much is Miss Dior! And of course, it’s a mutual admiration society, with Jen saying, “I’m very excited at the idea of working with Dior and wearing Raf Simons’ new creations. His debut ready-to-wear and haute couture have distilled all the glamour of Dior into the modern era.” Honestly, with the way she photographs, we can’t wait to see the campaigns, because they’re definitely going to be memorable. Congratulations, Jennifer! This is quite the fashion coup!
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As you might have noticed, we express our deep love and affection for Jennifer Lawrence on a regular basis, especially during those moments when she says something so painfully self-deprecating, it seems both diametrically opposed to and in danger of hurting the gorgeous Academy Award-nominated actress aura she could be cultivating. So it makes sense that her actor boyfriend Nicholas Hoult is similarly both flawless and totally oblivious about it. “Oh, he really doesn’t care,” Lawrence laughs in her new Vogue UK interview. “Like he’ll sometimes wear these white tennis shoes with jeans, then tuck his pants into his socks. He has absolutely no idea how good-looking he is. I think a lot of women and men hate me because of that.” Oh girl, no! We could never hate you. Sure, seeing Nicholas Hoult wearing those socks in public might fill us with a homicidal rage, but that’s just because we’re human!
If Jennifer’s X-Men: First Class costar/lover genuinely has no idea how beautiful he is, however, he’ll probably deduce his relative attractiveness based on how ravishing his girlfriend is on her first Vogue cover. Or…every magazine cover. Yeah, Nicholas would have to be crazy not to know how smoking hot a couple they make. On the other hand, if he’s wearing those socks in public…
Despite having a face like a valentine, a gigantic action franchise and an Oscar nom under her belt, Jennifer Lawrence is consistently the most self-deprecating celebrity we know. And we love it. We do feel conflicted about our love though. On one hand, we don’t want JLaw to think she is anything less than the flawless human being she is. On the other hand…remember when she went on Letterman to promote Hunger Games back in March and declared, “I hate myself. Don’t go see the movie because I’m a troll. I think the movie is great but their biggest mistake was me”? We’re sorry, but that proved to us she’s a woman after our own hearts. Now The Silver Linings Playbook star is bringing more of the same in her new W Magazine interview. Wow, how can this woman not know she’s as close to perfection as homo sapiens get?
Some of us love to pore over every fall movie preview we can get our hands on, reading reviews from Cannes and Toronto, marking our calendars with premiere dates and pre-ordering our tix on Fandango as soon as we can. For others, that sounds way too much like homework. That’s why we made this quick little guide to the top 10 flicks we’re dying to see, with the kind of blurb that won’t tax your short attention spans. And sure, we’re leaving out a whole bunch of Oscar contenders, guilty pleasures and interesting films we’ll eventually watch, but this is a list based on fandom, gut instinct and, yeah, intense crushes. Here they are in (order of premiere date):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman will make you cry, you will wish Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were your best friends, and you will go home and hunt down your long-lost mixtapes. In select theaters September 21.
Pitch Perfect: No one does smart-talking like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson is our new imaginary girlfriend, and we think Elizabeth Banks (who produced) can do no wrong. In theaters September 28.
Alex Cross: We can’t wait to see how Tyler Perry does with someone else’s lines … as a sexy detective, no less. And Matthew Fox’s weightloss is purely fascinating. In theaters October 19.
Skyfall: Daniel Craig is our weakness — and in this James Bond installment, we’ll get to see the skeleton in Q’s closet. Let’s forget Quantum of Solace ever happened. In theaters November 9.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: We’ve been waiting for four years to see vampire Bella and the X-Men-style throwdown of Cullen clan vs. Volturi. In theaters November 16.
Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence finally gets to have some fun in a movie, opposite Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and they’re both playing mentally unstable people in a movie directed by possibly mentally unstable filmmaker David O. Russell. In theaters November 21.
Not only did Kristen Stewart get to enjoy the kudos surrounding On the Road during her visit to the Toronto Film Festival last week, she also had the chance to put two big rumors/fears to rest: 1) That the promotional tour for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is going to be really awkward, and 2) that she has an ongoing feud with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.
When asked about the potential weirdness of promoting Breaking Dawn with Robert Pattinson, she told The Associated Press, “We’re going to be fine. We’re totally fine.”
Then Stewart and Lawrence finally quashed rumors that spread this spring about a supposed rivalry between the 22-year-old actresses. They met in person for the first time while doing press at the Intercontinental Hotel. “People who saw them said they were geeking out about each other,” a source told Us Weekly. “Kristen and Jennifer told friends they had emailed in the past but had never seen each other face to face. They’re big fans of each other.”
You know, the main reason we want to see Jennifer Lawrence in The House At The End of the Street is because, well, she’s never really played “completely scared out of her mind” before. Oh sure, Katniss was no doubt terrified as she defended her life in the Hunger Games, and we can’t imagine Ree was totally fear-free as she hunted down her meth dealing dad in Winter’s Bone. But straight horror is a different thing entirely. While before Jennifer had a rich character narrative to draw on, here she is just trying to wash some dishes and watch a movie. You know, be a normal person. She has painfully few options when evil comes a-knocking (Even if said evil does turn out to be just a friend of hers)(A friend who is a jerk. Who sneaks up on people like that? Who?).
So when her horror feature drops September 21, will Lawrence bring some of her characteristic stoic determination to her HATES character? Of course she will! The woman crawls through broken glass like it ain’t no thang in the movie’s trailer! Just get ready for 100% more screaming and flailing in the meantime. Now, would a Jennifer Lawrence character pee her pants? No, you’re right. She’s better than the rest of us, even if she is running away from ghosts.
Jennifer Lawrence is turning 22 today, and we couldn’t be more proud of the “girl on fire.” Some of us fell in love with her back when she did Winter’s Bone, others jumped in with The Hunger Games, but regardless of when our fandom began, we haven’t been able to get enough of her. We watched teary-eyed and cheered her on as she protected her family, stepped in for Primrose, shot an arrow through an apple, devoted herself to Peeta and emerged a victor. Are we the only ones that pretend we’re Katniss Everdeen in the midst of the Games when we need to run those last few dreaded minutes on the treadmill? It definitely helped when we found out that she really trains that hard (sans arrows) off-set too.
Sure, we’ve heard rumblings that archery’s becoming more popular in recent months, but one HG trend that’s much more visible in everyday life is that signature Katniss braid. That’s why we decided to focus on her hair for this birthday celebration. Jennifer’s always keeping it fresh with her hair color and styling — with or without Cinna’s help. From her days as a spunky teenageron TBS’ The Bill Engvall Show to her ass-kicking times in X-Men, she’s always shocking us with her new looks, and we’re always looking forward to what she’s going to come out with next.
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